EVENT: Speaking engagement at HARVARD

Facebook Event Page for Harvard University speaking engagement: https://www.facebook.com/events/362229923887267/

The Fundraiser: http://www.gofundme.com/shaneandamyatharvard

Quotes:

“A bittersweet slice of countercultural anthropology, in the tradition of Studs Terkel, bursting with flavor to savor.”

–Paul Krassner, author of ‘Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut’

“The book is a vivid reflection of the U.S.A. in our time, and Amy is a top notch cookie baker. May you both live long and prosper.” – R. Crumb

“They came into contact with madmen, penniless intellectuals and scantily-clad ladies at horror festivals. They interviewed renowned Bizarre favourites such as Possessed singer Jeff Becerra, and Joel-Peter Witkin (photographer of corpses and ‘freaks’)… They discussed smack and spirituality with burlesque performers and scholars. They nearly froze to death surrounded by coyotes. They bummed around with randoms. They explored class and religion. They said “America, wtf?” And got wasted.”
~Bizarre Magazine 

“Shane and Amy Bugbee, the Johnny Appleseeds of Podcasting” 
~The Viking Youth Power Hour

More about the Presentation:

Shane and Amy Bugbee present an informative, edgy, and entertaining look at the fabric of America. Their book and movie resides in a class well above the typical travel tale, this was not a week hiking in the Himalayas, or a group tour of Italy, this is a journey few can or would take.

The subjects tackled on their road trip project cover a variety of topics – All the things we are told not to discuss in polite company – yet were the very same topics their subjects were eager to honestly talk about. Shane and Amy Bugbee can gear their discussion or display into highlight subjects such as art, religion, politics, revolution, free speech, capitalism, and Americana. They are comfortable in a modern art museum, a lowbrow gallery, a college, a folk coffeehouse, or a punk rock club.

Shane and Amy Bugbee come from under the underground, from outside the outsiders. They are conceptual artists and social commentators of the highest degree, but not from the ivy league, they are from the trailer park and the factory. Had they gone to the “right” school or come from the “right” zip code their plight and their view would be different. Then again, the stories they acquired never would have been told if anyone else was asking. Shane’s lack of pretense, and the couple’s overall understanding of the lower classes and subcultures allowed them a look inside a world which polished filmmakers and snooty scholars would never be allowed.

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Harvard Graduate School of Education

14 Appian Way, Larsen Hall room 203, Cambridge, MA 02138

THE WINNERS – THANK YOU!

The WINNERS have been announced!

Thanks to every single person who shared our link, read our posts, checked out the website, or bought a book. Choosing to be independent of publishers and books stores is a hard road, thank you for supporting our art and our work!  Shane and I wish we had prizes for every one of you!

These are the winners, we used “Random Picker” so we would be fair and honest about it. Please note: we will not be sending out any prizes until we return from Harvard, and have enough money for shipping, that could be 6 or 8 weeks, we hope it will be sooner, but money is tight. If you are a winner and prefer to pay shipping we will get you your prize asap.

Please email your address to us at 365roadtrip@gmail.com

Again, THANK YOU ALL for participating! 

Here is the link to our Harvard fundraiser:  http://www.gofundme.com/shaneandamyatharvard

 

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PRESS: We’re heading to Harvard

It’s true. We’ve been invited to speak at Harvard. You can read a bit about it below. We’ll post more once the details are set. We do know the date, April 30th, so if you’re in the area, we hope to see you there.

Travelers head to Harvard

Read more here: http://www.dailyastorian.com/life/in_one_ear/travelers-head-to-harvard/article_7d92b36a-a2fa-11e2-84ed-0019bb2963f4.html

To help out, here’s a link to our fund raiser page: http://www.gofundme.com/shaneandamyatharvard

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Looking for Living Rooms and Libraries…

We are heading to Harvard University to talk about our book and movie “The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America”.  We will discuss our experiences on the road, and bring with us the words and feelings of the working class, the underground, the people we met and documented on our travels. It is our hope to foster understanding between the forgotten zip codes of America, and the future ruling class.

As we travel across the USA heading to our speaking engagement at Harvard, we are looking for places to stay and places to give our presentation. We’d be glad to give our Harvard presentation in your living room to you and your friends, or at your local library.

Let’s do a pot luck, a tea, a kegger, or whatever you think.  And we do want to know what you think, the more we do this presentation the better it will be. We want to bring your words to the ruling class, maybe we are forgetting something. Let us know.

The ruling class needs to understand the struggle of the factory workers, the waitresses, and the unemployed of America, if we can offer some understanding and compassion to the the future elites of this world, maybe we can help make America a better place for all of us.

Here is our planned route, if you are near it and want to host us, feed us, or have a place for us to do our presentation please let us know. We are willing to alter our route an hour or so to make this work.

Here’s a link to our fundraiser page: http://www.gofundme.com/shaneandamyatharvard

Thank you!

THE ROUTE:

4/20  Boise or Salt Lake City

4/21 Denver or Cheyenne

4/22 Somewhere in Nebraska  

4/23 Iowa

4/24-25  Detroit

4/26 Buffalo, Syracuse, or Albany

4/27 Cambridge, MA

4/30 Shane and Amy @ HARVARD

5/1   NYC

5/3   NYC

5/4   Chicago

5/5   Chicago

5/6   Madison

5/7   Fargo, ND 

5/8   Bozeman

5/9   Spokane

5/10 Portland

**We would adjust our route to go the the south if there is interest.

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The Book: Part 11, Pages 501-534 The End.

Welcome to Part Eleven of the book ‘The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America’.

This are pages 501 through 534 of our book, and our full length movie is coming next, and we offer it here for whatever you think it is worth. Hopefully, this gives your Monday a boost!

This is the final 34 pages of our book, and our movie too! This last section tells about our cross country train trip to Washington DC for election night 2008. We interview Ian MacKaye here in what is the longest interview of the book. Wow, talk about a journey, it sounds cliche, but this trip changed our lives, for the better. As hard as it was, as painful as it was, it was great. I hope you have enjoyed this work of art, and please, if you have not yet already thrown some money in the hat we pass, now is the time to do it. Thank You! 

We offer the book and movie as an interactive PDF and a streaming video in a pay-what-you-can honor system model, or $25+shipping for the paperback, you can get it here: http://www.usaodd.com/?page_id=32.

The hosting, building and maintaining the website, the app that creates this flip book and paypal fees all cost money, not to mention the 5+ years we have invested in this project with our whole hearts and minds.  This project was an enormous undertaking, and we did it with no support, no grants, no credit cards, which made it an extremely challenging task. We had none of the comforts of home for more than a year!  We worked odd jobs, and slept sitting up in the front seat of our car quite often.

Why would we do this you ask?  We wanted to do whatever we could to make a difference, to provoke thought, and to give people their say.  We hope you enjoy reading our words and those of the people who gave us their time to help document true America.

Please support independent art and creative endeavors and throw us a token of your appreciation, think of it like tipping a waitress or a barista, and this is certainly more long lasting than an espresso!

Thank you for your support and your time. Please enjoy our artistic expression.




Shane and Amy are going to Harvard! Will you help us get there?

We have been invited to Harvard University to talk about our book and movie “The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America”, and how we survived on the road for a year with $180 while managing to produce over 150 short videos. Everyone says we must take advantage of this opportunity, that it is vital for our future, but it isn’t going to be easy.

We have decided to do the Harvard talk for two reasons, mainly for the same reason we finished our book and movie, to give a voice to those who are ignored and overlooked. The reviews for our BOOVIE are really good, and this opportunity is very important, but it’s not just for us, the stories we want to present are from the forgotten zip codes across America, these are people and places that never make the news, unless it’s a tragedy.  We are not of the ruling class, no one in our families even graduated college.  We’re a couple of metal head former factory workers who took a different turn, and that gave us the opportunity to talk to and document the people of America in a way no professor or newscaster would or could.

The second reason is desperate times call for desperate measures and we’d define desperate times as book sales slowing, art sales in a slump, unemployment running out and no employment opportunities as of yet.

We are driving from Oregon to Harvard with our dog and turtle (who also spent a year on the road with us).  We are using our rent money and the last of my unemployment to do this. This is not something uncommon with struggling artists, but the older we get, it’s not something we are as comfortable with as when we were in our 20’s… eviction, cold showers, the more you get hit, the more you clinch… we are pretty clinched about this roll of the dice.

We are driving to Harvard because our dog Cheyenne is nearing 17 years old and we just cannot leave her behind, she has been a great friend and if anything happens, we want to be there with her. Also, we do not fly due to a perilous flight we took back in 2001 (it’s a long story).  The cost of driving is not that much more than a plane or train ticket, the time it will take, though is another story.

Everyone is welcome to come with and follow along as we will post photos, videos, blogs and even a podcast or two, just like on our original road trip, so this should be a fun time for all.

This is where your help comes in. If you’re into helping out a creative couple with what could be a once in a lifetime opportunity, that would be really cool.

We are looking for places to stay between here and Harvard -

Spokane, WA, Bozeman or Missoula, MT, Minneapolis, MN or Madison WI, Chicago, Buffalo, NY or Albany, NY, Chicago, New York, Philly, Baltimore, Salt Lake City, Denver, Boise. We are willing to do the same presentation we will do at Harvard for you in your living room, or at a local library. Please let us know if you live in one of these areas or know someone who does, or if you want to help support this opportunity.

Anyone who donates $10 or more, we will send you a postcard from Harvard, or you can buy a book if you haven’t already.

Thank you for your support, we really appreciate it,

Shane & Amy & Cheyenne & Myrtle the Turtle

Here’s a link to our fund raiser page: http://www.gofundme.com/shaneandamyatharvard

 

OR just go direct to our paypal donation area:




PRESS: Hear Amy on Amateur Traveler talking about the South Side of Chicago

Amy was invited to be a guest on the renown podcast The Amateur Traveler to discuss a topic she just can’t shut up about, the South Side of Chicago where she grew up. Hear her discuss many favorite spots, many places the tourism department just doesn’t tell visitors about – Camp Douglas where 18,000 Confederate prisoners died during one particularly bad Chicago Winter, The Oriental Institute where the real artifacts of the real Indiana Jones are on display, the best place to pick up candy skulls for the Day of the Dead, and the best authentic (meaning thin crust) pizza in Chicago. Oh, and did someone mention Bacon Buns?

Listen to Amy Bugbee blather on about the history of the South Side and barely let genial host Chris Christensen get a word in.

Travel to the South Side of Chicago – Amateur Traveler Episode 365 http://usa.amateurtraveler.com/travel-to-the-south-side-of-chicago-travel-podcast/


Travel to the South Side of Chicago – Amateur Traveler Episode 365

The Book: Part 10, Pages 451-500

Welcome to Part Ten of the book ‘The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America’.

This are pages 451 through 500 of our book, and we offer it here for whatever you think it is worth. Hopefully, this gives your Monday a boost!

This section includes interviews with Gene Hoglan, possibly the greatest metal drummer of all time, and Dave Archer, a great artist who uses a million volt Tesla Coil as his paintbrush.  It also follows our journey to the beach, where we spent that last days of our trip and began a new life after this project was done. Happy Reading!

We offer the book and movie as an interactive PDF and a streaming video in a pay-what-you-can honor system model, or $25+shipping for the paperback, you can get it here: http://www.usaodd.com/?page_id=32.

The hosting, building and maintaining the website, the app that creates this flip book and paypal fees all cost money, not to mention the 5+ years we have invested in this project with our whole hearts and minds.  This project was an enormous undertaking, and we did it with no support, no grants, no credit cards, which made it an extremely challenging task. We had none of the comforts of home for more than a year!  We worked odd jobs, and slept sitting up in the front seat of our car quite often.

Why would we do this you ask?  We wanted to do whatever we could to make a difference, to provoke thought, and to give people their say.  We hope you enjoy reading our words and those of the people who gave us their time to help document true America.

Please support independent art and creative endeavors and throw us a token of your appreciation, think of it like tipping a waitress or a barista, and this is certainly more long lasting than an espresso!

Thank you for your support and your time.  Please enjoy our artistic expression.

 




PRESS: Shane interview in the new PORK Magazine, issue 10

The Notorious PORK MAGAZINE issue number 10 is hitting the streets and within it’s PHAT pages is a great interview with co-author of the book ‘The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America’ and maker of the movie that accompanies it.

The interview discusses Shane’s personal philosophies, the road, and his shady past —  and right next to Shane Bugbee’s interview is an interview with Mike Diana, the first American artist convited for drawing, and the first artist Shane Bugbee published as Michael Hunt Publishing way back in the early 1990s.

Shane’s interview is on page 18.

Read the issue here: http://issuu.com/seangoblinko/docs/pork10

** Want a copy of PORK sent to you for FREE? Share this link: http://www.usaodd.com/?cat=10 & send us your address. simple, right? Hell, we’ll accept you sending ANY link from this site or even sharing the movies trailer: http://www.usaodd.com/?p=674 just spread the news about our book, let us know and, send us your address.

As an added BONUS, all who share will be entered to win prizes, books, DVDs and more… check the contest out here: http://www.usaodd.com/?p=723

REVIEW: Amy Bugbee reviews ‘West of Memphis’ for The Gauntlet

I was excited to be able to do an in depth review of ‘West of Memphis’ for the The Gauntlet website.

Please check it out if you get a moment. It explains a bit more why we felt the case was so close to us.

West of Memphis Offers A Rare Moment of Justice:  http://thegauntlet.com/article/1225/27582/West-of-Memphis-Offers-A-Rare-Moment-of-Justice#.UVL6PvH2a0w